Viewing Lily_love's Garden Diary: Reinventing Our Garden.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
New YearNew Year new progress. The trip to Atlanta was a good one. Accomplished my goal for the trip. Shopped and getting ready to bring in the Chinese New Year and celebration. Hoping to make a trip out West to spend time with family.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Baby Liam; such joy!Had luncheon with Jeff and his wife's family and friends yesterday. Liam and his little cousins are such a joy to be around. What's blessing!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Mail is outHaving had so much road blocks in the past. Jim was in disbelief when the paper works is out to Luis.
Jim ran over 3 miles at Lakeside park yesterday. I jogged over a mile and half.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Jim, Vulcan Run 2013We're heading out to the hot spot. Jim will do his 6 miles run. Me? I'll be there for emotional support.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Temp. Drops...Jim has planned for the day, sprayed all tender perennials last week. As temp. dropped and frost is forecasted to the surrounding areas. Today, we moved most of the plants indoor.
Monday, October 21, 2013
1st Hiking TripHiking is an enjoyable hobby we do in cool weather, we returned to our club after the hot summer absence.
Our 4-mile hike up Red Mountain this weekend, ended the nice day with time spent with J.C. and baby Liam.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
1st Time Liam Called \Today Oct. 12th. Liam called me grandma for the first time ever! He wore his Pappy's shoes and had a fun time. A really wonderful time we've had. Christina cooked us supper.
We've enjoyed the day.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
A Long DayJim worked all day, came home then we went to the Gym for a good work out. Returned home to find the water bill has some discrepancy. He located the water pipe leak, and spent hours to repair it. Yike
Monday, September 30, 2013
A Nice VisitGot a chance to spend some time with J, C and baby Liam. It's the simple joy that Liam brought me and Jim books and gestured if we read for him. I encouraged Liam to turn the pages, he was eager to do so when prompted. Poor baby, even with an ear infection aeb coughing and pulling on his ear, he enjoyed playing with leggos and being read to. What's blessing! Prior to seeing the young family. I went to Lauren's baby shower. It was a sweet reunion with some of the young people there.
I also discovered that the very lady that plays the piano at chapel in the pines is Lauren's mother. What's a small world.
Friday, September 27, 2013
ThursdayMother has a fairly good day. She's eating better and less agitated, pain medication is being used sparingly. Jim came joined me at Thuy's place after work, after his run at Dunavan's trail (Mountain Laurel as I called the trail for it has beautiful M. Laurel in the spring), Jim ran 4 miles and discovered his left ankle was bothering him. Jim came by and ate dinner, visited with my mother and Mike's parents.
Thuy two daughters are very much like mine. Hanna coming home from school in the evening, and she's busy with home work as K used to. Natalie stayed close to her grand mothers, and she sat with mother reading. She's more playful, playing with grandmother's new walking cane. Time for healing, I'm thankful....
Sunday, September 1, 2013
The cool morning breeze. The easy morning feeling. Heard Liam says "Roll Tide" for the first time via video clip last night. It's too funny.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Back on the saddle; ugh SkiiYippie! We invited a girl friend, Heidi over to join us. I then finally got up the skii for the first time in years!!!
Life is good!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SummerIt has been a very wet summer. Though, gardening chores have been more pleasure than laborious. Jim ran 6 miles plus today after work. I worked out at the Gym alone. Hoping the rain will let up some soon.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Staying ActiveOur Gym schedule is regular, every other day. Tuesday Jim ran with a group of people up on Red Mountain Park. A 5 miles plus run.
Gardening keeps me active, saw my 1st Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly and this Hibiscus' 1st bloom. Temp. is getting to be hot and humid.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Jim Reconnect with old friendsSome of Jim's high school's friends found him via FB they chatted online, then this evening they'll have a dinner together in Moody area. It's going to be one of the few reunions Jim's had. We're looking forward to the occasion.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
A Good WeekendA good weekend spent with Jeff, Liam Christina and her parents and grandma Maxine.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Yard WorkJim cleaned up the yard, plug the irrigation to the pier back up. We discovered beaver apparently has chewed up a pipe under the pier. Jim repaired the pipe. Lake water is still cold in mid June due to the prolonged cool period this spring.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Working in The GardenJim and I spent the day cleaning up the yard. Lot of work have been done, still more to go.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Summer Is UnderwayJim and I pressured washed the decks outback after the twice flooded backyard. Tender perennials slowly are moved outdoor. A portion of the stationary deck was also repaired earlier in the spring.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A Mild WeekendTemp. is very nice in the mid 70's Jim and I spent a lot of time with this little 'shopper' He's absolutely a doll!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ran the Year-ends 3 milesIt was a pleasant run at Red Mountain. Jim did 5 miles, I did 3 miles. The trail is 2 year old. The number of runner is quite impressive. Not sure how many, but it was a big group. Next year run is estimated to be 2 thousand runners.
Friday, December 14, 2012
11 Crosstide poles; 2000 lbs. load!Jim has begun his project to the side yard's shade garden. The adopted model was seen at a local avid gardener where the cross tide stepping pathways were very practical as well as pleasing to the eyes. This is one project that Jim has been wanting to do for quite a few years now...
Pic. of the first cross tide layout;
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
1st Wintry FrontTemp. drops like a rock since yesterday. Continue to work on more bulbs planting this year on Sunday--the last warm day of the season-- I think. Monday was cold and rainy so is today. Had an eye exam yesterday; the result was good visual health. Ah my BP is also improved. Jim has begun his Christmas vacation. Yah!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Spending time with NeighborsJim and I spent a good portion of our morning raking pine straw at Eddie's and Heidi's place. An enjoyable time spent with neighbors and getting yard works done for the season. Dinner was a treat when we discovered of a little Marina & Restaurant newly opened in Lincoln. The small place is tastefully decorated to give an atmosphere of the exotic Caribean's Oasis. Dinner was surprising good for a resonable price. Until we learned that there is a membership requirement for repeat patrons. A good evening everything considered.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Christmas Decoration in the GardenFirst time since we moved here in the early 2000's. Jim decorated our entrance. I'm thrilled. I planted more Tulips in the garden. He worked the front yard, I worked the back deck.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Jim Ran 7 miles on Red MountainJim did the run after work yesterday. I worked my shift and bid farewell to RR. She is moving upward in her career. Rescheduled my shift during the Holidays. Looking forward to the new year ahead.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Tulips PlantingJim and I worked together on the flower bed. He tilled in added soil admendment and helped planted the bulbs over the weekend. 1/3 of the bed was finished off today by me.
Jim worked, came home, we both went for a run at Cumberland Cove. A good day.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Bulbs Planting DayWe're are planning putting the bulbs down to the garden today... As it turned out, Jim worked on the electrical outlets out side. So I planted some bulbs in containers, dressed them up and mulched the Blue Sky Vines by the sideyard.
Pix is the front yard being prepared for planting tomorrow;
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Expecting our 1st FreezeJim drained all the outside pipes and hoses to prevent bursting pipes. I moved the rest of the tender perennials indoor. Watered some of the outdoor plants.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fall Clean UpJim trimmed shruberies, I cleared out lot of weeds around the yard. Hard work but satisfying to see the garden tydied up once again. Will plant some bulbs next weekend. Tomorrow will join Jeff and his family for a fund raising luncheon at their home church. A day of rest ahead.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Done!Hah, Timmy and Matt along with Jim and I, we worked over 3 hours to get all the plants inside. Then Jim and I cleaned up the fallen leaves with mowing and blowing leaves. A good productive day.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Moving Tender Perennials IndoorThis year, we enlist help from neighbor's young men to help with the moving of this 'portable garden' Timmy, one of his friend and Matt a young man with whom we have known from the Gym for several years now. Having the basement cleared out and reorganized after the Heat/air unit was installed this past weekend, we're now ready to get the plants indoor over winter. Temp. is getting much cooler, foliages have changed, looking forward to spending time with family for the Holidays.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Jim Ran the 2012 Vulcan 10KJim Ran the miles, had a good finish in the middle of the group. Just imagine last year this very day, we were in the hospital awaiting for his CABAGE x2 of his Left main.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
New H/A unit Installed.The work was finished yesterday evening. Jim moved the thermostat into our bed room so it doesn't shut down when it senses the radiated heat from the wood-burning stove in the great room and interrupts the warming of the adjecent room.
We're rebuilding one day at a time, one project at a time.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Temp. is dropping.Northern wind over 15 mph -- makes it feel worse than it's. As the stress level abates. My pulse is at 63 bpm for the first time this morning at the Gym. Usually my pulse will be around 80 and up by the time I 1st stepped on the thread mill. Hope to take better care of my health. Hope those Alpha-blocker isn't riving up my BP? Follow up with MD is due for the end of the month.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Heat/Air system UpgradeJim and Ray and Ray's son begun the work yesterday evening. Working lined up so once the work in the basement is done, we'll proceed with moving tender perennials indoor. Lots of work ahead.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Jim\'s Half MarathonHe did it! The evening before the 21K run (13.1 miles) he had a rough time with his digestive tract. That didn't keep him off the race when he woke up the next morning feeling a bit better. It took him half a day to recover from the run. He's pleased that he accomplished the task.
Baby Liam came to the park to cheer grandpa's run.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
My First 5k run.Thanks go to my darling husband. Credit to his hard work and encouragement which in turn motivated me to working on my excercise regimen as well. This morning I completed my very 1st 5K run. I think I brisk walked (15-16 m/m), but my running partner whom I met today, Charlotte said I ran, really ran the whole course of the 3 miles path. I'm pleased. Felt good too after we finished the run. Jim did his 8 miles, he said it was tough.
My very 1st Painted Lady butfy eclosed when I came home from the run as if to celebrate my accomplishment!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Autumn AirThe morning temp. is markedly cooler than usual. Flowers in the garden are tappering off. Few Angel Trumpet sent out their last flush of bloom. Most everything else have gone to seeds.
I feel a little restless. Jim continues on his training for the 21K run on Ruffner mountain next month. He worked up to 13.1 miles 2 weekends past. Last Sat. he dropped backed down to 8 miles. Jeff and his family is doing well. Liam is growing and so fast! He can now walk just holding on to your hand. Very early for a 10 mos. baby! That reminded me, it's been over 11 mos. since Jim's cabbage x2. I'm grateful of how blessed we're. Changing our eating habit is a real challenge though. We're trying; work in progress.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wellness Check upJim is standing at a good wellness level. wt. 154# and a decreased 6% body fat since last year. His jogging is up to 13.1 miles this weekend. He w/o 4-6 days/wk. I myself remain at 3-4days/wk.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Visit Huntsville Botanical GardenA beautiful day spent with Jim at the Botanical Garden and nearby park.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sunday\'s activityIt's hard to believe time goes by so quickly. It has been a week since my girls visited! Last sunday Jim jogged 11 miles on Ruffner mountain. I walked over an hour then with him. Today, we walked/jogged around Cumberland Cove neighborhood. He did over 3 miles, I perhaps over 2 miles. Feeling in good shape. There is a hint of autumn in the air.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Cahaba Lilies TripJoined a group of hiking buffs to visit the Cahaba Lilies blossom hiking trail. A total 6 miles hike. Beautiful lilies in blooms.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Front Flower Bed.Tilled in half a dozen bags of compost into the bed. Errected a triangular trellis for new Clematis, mostly double blooming variety. Very pleased with its outcome.
Meet up with Jeff and Christina and Liam for Lunch at Ruby Tuesday.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Re-working the Front Flower bed.Continue to cultivate the garden. We enjoyed the beautiful weather over the weekend. Jim pulled the dead stump left off on the Golden Rain tree in the front. In its place we planted another Cherry tree to replace one that we've lost due to flood a year before last. Jim also transplanted a young sappling of the Golden Rain tree to where we lost the Yoshino cherry.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Chinese WisteriaLast few years, the plant refused to bloom. After the flood last spring, we moved the plant to a different location to get more sunlight. On this year's groundhog's day. I fertilized the container with super phosphate. Will observe how the combination of increased sunlight, and fertilizer has on this standard specimen plant.
The plant only yielded two lonesome inflos. Very disappointing!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Perennials Planting.A couple dozens plants were planted this weekend.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Woodland Garden; the beginning.Jim and I extended our woodland garden. This is a small section to frame the side yard in which we've removed all the wild growing shrubs. Fenced the yard in to provide safe place for our pets. Jim put down irrigation tubings underground. Now awaiting for winter vacation to wire in the 'manifolds' and get the system activated.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Best Vacation By Far.I feel so happy that Jim and I had one of the best vacation thus far. Feeling like I'm on top of the world. I'm very thankful of the opportunity to spend time with family.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
One Pallet- plus of Emerald ZoysiaFirst piece of grass down....(yesterday).
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The New LawnHard work it was, but it's now done. Jim worked twice as hard as I did. Today is a day of rest.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Last preparation......Before we install the sods. Jim conditioned the soil further. He plans on adding some 'Milky Spores' to the soil before we lay down the sods. We rid of Bermuda grass, and will put in Emerald Zoysia grass which is more shade tolerant than the previous grass that we had. Our last ditch effort. If E. Zoysia won't do well. The yard is going to be converted to a flower bed. Final. Hah, at least we've a plan b in place.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Work is underway.The soil was tilled 6" deep, organic matters were added. Tarp is to prevent run off from irrigation system to other planting in the garden. Weather has been hot and no rain. Hopefully we will be able to put sods down this coming weekend.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The New Rock BorderExpanding the front flower garden to over a foot wider than it was. The bare soil area to the right is reserved for a new lawn. Burmuda grass suffered greatly due to increased shade from growing/larger trees. Jim destroyed the old lawn, will replace with new shade tolerant grass.